Aftermarket Installations

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thehighesttree, May 11, 2011.

  1. thehighesttree macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2011
    Hey everybody! I'm looking into getting a new iMac ASAP and just wanted to know: what components can be replaced with aftermarket parts? I'd really like to have one of the 27" models within the week but I don't wanna regret not getting the i7 or upped GPU on a brick-and-morter store model. If I went with the top-of-the-line base model, are the graphics card or CPU capable of being upgraded? WOuld it be worth it in time/hassle?
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    1) What is a "top-of-the-line base model"?
    2) The CPU and graphics card are not considered user-replaceable.
  3. discounteggroll macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2006
    Greenwich, CT
    the only user serviceable part is the RAM. An Apple Authorized Service Provider would be able to upgrade the hard drive under warranty (I do not believe the hard drive is a user serviceable part). Other than that, you're stuck with whatcha got BTO/pre-configured
  4. SkippyScud macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    You can upgrade the RAM easy enough. Hard disks take a good amount of effort to get to. It's essentially a weird hybrid desktop/laptop unit. If you are looking to tweak your PC in a couple years, you may want to look into a Hackentosh, but even those are limited to the hardware you can use.
  5. thehighesttree thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2011
    Thanks for the quick reply, eawmp1. I was looking at the 3.1 GHz 27" model but would like to have a future-proof computer for animation/art/video editing, game design (Flash, modding and level design), moderate gaming and music production. Should I go with the 3.4GHz i7 for hyperthreading or would the i5 feel fast enough for up to 5 years?
  6. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    This isn't Pep Boys or Car Toys here. I think you're missing the point of an all-in-one. It's like asking if you get a 13.3" MacBook Pro if you could swap the screen out to a 17" down the line.
  7. Badger^2, May 11, 2011
    Last edited: May 11, 2011

    Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    You arent doing anything special, any will work.

    Who the hell knows what you will be doing in 5 years.

    In 2000 I was a total ski/surf bum, living in Lake Tahoe during the winter and then San Diego in the summer -- taking a month off in October and May to do some sweet mountain biking and kayaking. My rent was $75 a month and I lived with 5 chicks and 1 guy, non-stop partying.

    Nothing could be sweeter. Not a friggin care in the world. plenty of cash. I didnt even need a computer.

    By 2005 I was married, had a daughter with one more on the way, bought a new house, a new car, was painting rooms pink and shopping for sheets at Ikea.
  8. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    This is the best comment I've ever seen on Mac Rumors.
  9. Georgio macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Essex, UK
    You almost sound like you're reminiscing... :rolleyes:

    And yes quote of the week so far...


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